Undocumented Trump Employee’s Story Highlights Broken Immigration System

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New York Times published a story today featuring Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz, current and former employees, respectively, at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. Morales is undocumented, and Diaz was previously undocumented and is now a legal resident.

Morales, originally from Guatemala, has been a housekeeper at the president’s golf club for more than five years. While she expects that she will have to leave her job now that her story is public, “Mr. Trump’s public comments since he became president, including equating Latin American immigrants with violent criminals … along with abusive comments from a supervisor at work about her intelligence and immigration status” compelled her to come forward, she said.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“This story is about much more than a broken immigration system. It is about the immigrants who make America great, in spite of that broken system. While Ms. Morales’ and Ms. Diaz’s courage is extraordinary, the circumstances they face are all too common.

“We should treat immigrants who are working hard and contributing throughout our economy and country with respect and dignity. The policy and rhetoric of this administration not only fail to meet this challenge, but sully the very essence of what it means to be American. We honor the courage of Ms. Morales and Ms. Diaz, and, sadly, fear for their future.”

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